Bearcats Begin Preparations for Bowl
Dec. 10, 2007


CINCINNATI--The University of Cincinnati football team returned to Nippert Stadium for the first time in a fortnight for its first practice of the 2007 bowl season on Monday afternoon. Minus the 20 seniors, head coach Brian Kelly and the UC grid squad spent approximately two hours emphasizing individual drills and competition in full equipment.

"Today was about creating one-on-one matchups all over the field," Kelly commented. "We have a great opportunity to evaluate everyone on film after today. We saw a lot of good things on the field that we can take from today."

The Bearcats conducted 21 five-minute periods in their first action since the regular-season finale on Nov. 24 at Syracuse. It was an up-tempo practice for the squad in a constant drizzle, with the temperature in the low-40s.

Getting ready for his first game as UC's head coach Kelly added, "They want to get better and that's a great feeling as a teacher and coach. Each time we come out here, we're going to challenge our players to competitive greatness."

The practice marked the first of 11 workouts for the Bearcats before the 2007 Bowl against the University of Southern Mississippi. Kickoff from Birmingham, Ala. is set for Dec. 22, at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2.